Pecan Pie Bars (Easy Pecan Bars Recipe)

Pecan Pie Bars are just like the pie, but in an easier to eat bar form. I’ll take pecan pie any way I can get it, so these are a favorite. This pecan bars recipe is the perfect Christmas dessert, or just any time you need a special treat!

pecan pie bars stacked on top of each other

Pecan Pie Bars

Pecan Pie Bars are the perfect treat for the holidays. This pecan bars recipe is so tasty and so easy to make!

Pecan Pie is a favorite around here. It’s such a classic dessert, it’s hard to imagine the holiday season without it. Luckily, you never have to skip it–in fact, I’m just giving you another way to eat it with these Pecan Pie Bars!

Get that amazing flavor you love from the pie in an easy to eat (and easy to make) bar form. You still get the crust and the filling with this pecan bars recipe, but now you get to cut it into squares and eat it with your hands. These little treats are the perfect Christmas dessert, and they’re really great for parties. It’s easy to make enough for all your guests, and you can just set them out for everyone to grab. 

I really love the flavor of these pecan bars. They’re definitely a new favorite holiday dessert that I know I’ll be making over and over again!

This Pecan Pie Bars recipe is the best of both worlds. Get your pecan pie fix in an easy to eat bar form with these delicious pecan bars!

a serving plate filled with pecan bars, on a blue and white striped dish towel

pecan bars recipe

Easy Pecan Bars Recipe

This pecan bars recipe is so easy to make. A regular pecan pie is easy enough, especially if you use my Crock Pot Pecan Pie recipe. But sometimes making a whole pie can be a bit stressful, or just not quite right for the occasion. I love having things like cookies and bars or brownies at parties because they’re so much easier to serve than pie. You can just cut them, set them out, and let guests grab them as they please. So these pecan pie bars are the perfect way to serve that classic flavor to a lot of people without any hassle.

Pecan Pie Bars Ingredients:

  • Chopped Pecans
  • Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • English Toffee Bits (I used Heath Bits O’ Brickle Toffee Bits)
  • Flour
  • Confectioner’s Sugar
  • Salt
  • Unsalted Butter
  • Egg
  • Vanilla Extract

overhead view of pecan pie bars stacked up on a serving plate

How to Make Pecan Pie Bars

I love this easy pecan pie bars recipe. It’s simple and straightforward, and yet it turns into the most DELICIOUS dessert. Whether you’re making a batch for a holiday party, for a little Christmas day dessert, or just for an every day treat, these pecan bars will do the trick!

How to make pecan bars:

  1. Start by preparing the crust. Pulse the flour, salts, and sugar in a food processor, then add in the cold butter and mix until it forms a crumbly mixture.
  2. Press the mixture into the prepared baking dish to form the crust, and bake for 15 minutes at 350°F.
  3. While the crust is baking, move on to the pecan filling. Combine milk, egg, and vanilla in a mixing bowl. Then stir in the toffee bits and pecans.
  4. Once the crust is done, stir the pecan mixture and spread it over the crust in an even layer.
  5. Bake the pecan bars for about 25 minutes.

Let the pecan pie bars cool completely before cutting them. These taste great served at room temperature, cooled in the fridge, or heated up a bit. Basically, they taste good no matter what!

Recommended Products to make this pecan bars recipe

a plate of pecan pie bars

a plate of pecan bars sitting on a blue and white striped dish towel

Do pecan pie bars need to be refrigerated?

Yes, you do need to refrigerate your pecan pie bars after baking. After slicing them into bars, place them in an airtight container or a resealable bag. They will keep in the fridge up to 3 weeks!

Can you freeze pecan bars?

If you have lots of pecan bars leftover, or if you just want to prepare them ahead of time, it is okay to freeze them. Once they’ve cooled, wrap them in plastic wrap (I recommend wrapping each one individually), and then place them all in a freezer safe bag. They will keep for a few months. Let them thaw in the refrigerator before serving.

a stack of pecan pie bars with sheets of parchment paper between each one

These pecan pie bars will blow you away. They’re so moist and so delicious. If you like pecan pie, then you’re going to love this pecan bars recipe!

See the recipe card below for details on how to make Pecan Pie Bars. Enjoy!

 

If you like this pecan bars recipe, try these other easy desserts for the holidays:

4.79 from 14 votes
Pecan Pie Bars are just like the pie, but in an easier to eat bar form. I'll take pecan pie any way I can get it, so these are a favorite. This pecan bars recipe is the perfect Christmas dessert, or just any time you need a special treat!
Pecan Pie Bars (Pecan Bars Recipe)
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Cooling Time
10 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 
Pecan Pie Bars are just like the pie, but in an easier to eat bar form. I'll take pecan pie any way I can get it, so these are a favorite. This pecan bars recipe is the perfect Christmas dessert, or just any time you need a special treat!
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: christmas dessert recipe, pecan pie, pecan pie bars
Servings: 18
Calories: 270 kcal
Author: Becky Hardin
Ingredients
For the Crust:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup confectioner’s sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon coarse sea salt
  • 1 cup cold unsalted butter
For the Pecan Pie Topping:
  • 1 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 large egg slightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 8 ounce package Heath Bits O’Brickle Toffee Bits (English Toffee Bits)
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 350°F (325°F if using a glass dish) and spray a 9x13-inch baking pan with nonstick spray.
  2. For the Crust:
  3. In the bowl of a food processor, add the flour, sugar, and salts. Pulse 3 times to combine the ingredients.
  4. Add the cold butter and pulse until the mixture is crumbly and the butter is just smaller than pea size.
  5. Pour the flour/butter mixture into the prepared dish and press firmly down, being sure to get corners and edges.
  6. Bake the crust 15 minutes and transfer from the oven.
  7. For the Pecan Pie Topping:
  8. While the crust is cooking, prepare the pecan pie topping.
  9. In a medium bowl, beat together milk, egg and vanilla.
  10. Stir in the chips and pecans; set aside until crust is ready.
  11. When the crust is ready, give the pecan mixture a couple of stirs and slowly spread it evenly over the crust.
  12. Bake the bars at 350°F for 25 minutes or until golden brown and set in the middle.
  13. Set the bars on a cooling rack to cool, and after 10 minutes, slide a sharp, thin knife between the pan and the bars to loosen the sides. Allow the bars to cool completely before cutting into bars.
  14. Store Pecan Pie Bars in an airtight container in the fridge. They will keep up to 3 weeks.
  15. Enjoy!

Recipe Video

Nutrition Facts
Pecan Pie Bars (Pecan Bars Recipe)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 270 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19g 29%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 49mg 16%
Sodium 86mg 4%
Potassium 52mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 23g 8%
Sugars 11g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 9.5%
Vitamin C 0.1%
Calcium 1.5%
Iron 4.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Did you make this recipe?

Use the tag #thecookierookie when posting a photo of your recipe, and make sure to follow The Cookie Rookie on Instagram!

Shop This Post

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Comments

Liz
These are a perfect holiday treat! And SO much easier than Pecan Pie!
Toni
My kids loved these! They were really amazing!
Toni
My kids really enjoyed these! They were really amazing!
Rachael Yerkes
I'm obsessed with these! So stinking good
Lori
The best way to serve pecan pie- so good!
Anna
These pie bars are fantastic! So much easier than making a pie yet still absolutely delicious!
Jennifer
Pecan Pie Bars are my FAVORITE!! I make these every year!!
Let's Work Together!

We would love to discuss collaborating for unique recipe development, professional food photography, brand ambassadorship, and so much more. Get in touch for stats and rates. Let’s chat!

FREE EBOOK + Never Miss a Post!

Join our mailing list for all the easiest and most delicious recipes! Claim your FREE EBOOK, Favorite Easy Chicken Dinners!

    find more delicious recipes: